Sunday, December 6, 2015

Natural Treatments For Dogs With Hip Dysplasia

What is Hip Dysplasia? It is an inherited condition where the hip joint is not properly formed and with use, the loose joint, can become painful. It is most commonly seen in larger breed dogs such as; Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Labs, Retrievers, and German Shepherd (rarely seen in smaller breeds). It can be found in both male and females and can be seen in puppies as well as middle aged dogs through a physical exam and x-rays.  The condition tends to become worse as the dog ages.

Common Symptoms of Dogs With Hip Dysplasia
  • Limping
  • Difficulty in climbing stairs 
  • Seems stiff/ sore getting up from a laying position
  • Hesitates to exercise; avoids running and jumping
  • Unusual gait

Natural Treatments For Dogs with Hip Dysplasia
Treatment will depend on the severity of the condition (which can range from mild to severe) and may include surgical and/or non- surgical options. Acuscope, chiropractic, acupuncture are non-surgical options that can all greatly help. Helping your pet maintain a healthy weight is essential as it will lessen the pressure on the hip joint.  Holistic supplements can greatly aid dogs with hip dysplasia and the benefits build up over time.  First and foremost use the Joint Support Kit but also Special SAMe will help relieve pain as well.  Special SAMe contains an essential antioxidant that has been scientifically proven to help with arthritis and also support the liver.  This is an ideal product for an older dog with hip dysplasia.  Finally, regular exercise is important.  It's better to have lots of short walks rather than one long extended walk to prevent your pet from getting sore.  Keeping your pet mobile throughout the day rather than confined in a small area will relieve discomfort as well.